Becca Longo, an 18 year old high school senior, just signed a letter of intent to play for Adams State University’s football team. It is believed she is the first female to earn a scholarship to play college football. I know what you’re thinking, no, she’s not going to be playing defensive end. Place kicker.
You hear a lot about Title IX these days. It was instituted with good intentions and mostly produces good results, although it is occasionally perverted for self-benefit by an entitled class of people who speak for themselves through frivolous lawsuits:
Title IX of the Education Amendments Act of 1972 is a federal law that states: “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.”
This has been interpreted to mean that if a university doesn’t have as many female sports teams as male sports teams, that they are in violation of Title IX. Adams State, nor any other university, has a women’s football team, because that would be a sad joke, even more egregious than the slapstick routine of women’s basketball.
They do however have a women’s volleyball team and no men’s volleyball team. I “reached out” to the University and was informed that men are not permitted to play on the volleyball team, as it would soon be rendered the men’s volleyball team. Yet, women are allowed to play on the men’s football team. That is clear discrimination, blatant hypocrisy, and an inarguable violation of Title IX that nobody cares about because women are allowed all kinds of double standards.
The law specifically says “No person [shall be] excluded from participation in… [any] activity receiving federal financial assistance.” Unless you’re a boy with a dream, and that dream is to play volleyball for Adams State University.
To further this point, not only is Adams State violating Title IX by diversifying a men’s sport, they also have more women’s sports teams than men’s. The women’s sports programs are: softball, basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, volleyball, soccer, swimming, and track and field. The men’s sports are baseball, football, basketball, cross-country, lacrosse, soccer, track and field, and wrestling. 9 women’s programs, 8 men’s.
Of those, the women’s basketball, cross-country, track and field, lacrosse, and soccer teams are just much lamer versions of the same sport. Softball could be considered to have the same relationship to baseball, as it is a form of baseball revised to allow the athletes to play drunk. Still, that leaves men with only football and wrestling, whereas women have volleyball, swimming, and golf. They also get to complain about not enjoying equal pay, and guys not paying for dinner.
That’s not to say women’s sports should be allowed to be overtaken by men. If any man really wanted to they could just say they identify as a woman and lock up a scholarship to whatever women’s team they wanted. If men as a whole decided they wanted to do this they could eradicate women’s sports within a few years. Of course, they’d technically be considered women, but it’s what’s in your heart that counts. You’re a kid from the projects in Baltimore, you should let people call you She for full ride, you’ve experienced worse.
Nobody’s saying that should be allowed to happen. But if it did, you’d imagine someone would put a stop to it. Since we’ve established that women can play on men’s teams but not the other way around, it appears men aren’t afforded that same equal protection.
Take away football because the thought of women playing that game is ludicrous, but take an extremely lame sport which doesn’t require much athletic ability, such as golf. Let’s say all the best female high school golfers in the country decided to enroll at a random university which has a men’s golf team but not a women’s. Under the currently established boundaries, they’d have the right to do that.
This is nothing against Becca Longo, but it is unclear why Adams State gave her this scholarship. Kickers don’t usually get scholarships, and female kickers are not as good at kicking as male kickers. She made one field goal her entire senior season. One. Something isn’t adding up. Perhaps they wanted the publicity, or maybe their football program is run by an aspiring screenwriter.
It would just be nice if people acknowledged that these double standards are a privilege. Society at large has granted women a fantastic safety net. If they wish to step out of it they’re deemed heroic, if they utilize it, it’s the least we could do.
There is no way to argue this situation is not one of privilege. Hence, anyone chiming in will attempt to deflect the issue, now if you’ll excuse me, I have to phone in to purchase season tickets to Adams State Football, we might have the next Adam Vinatieri on our hands.